Are You Experienced? (song)
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|"Are You Experienced?"|
|Song by The Jimi Hendrix Experience|
from the album Are You Experienced
|Released||May 12, 1967 (UK)|
|Recorded||April 3, 1967 at Olympic Sound Studios in London, England|
|Genre||Acid rock, experimental rock|
|Label||Track Records (UK)|
|Are You Experienced track listing|
(UK) Side 1
(UK) Side 2
"Are You Experienced?" is a song written by Jimi Hendrix and recorded by The Jimi Hendrix Experience for their 1967 debut album Are You Experienced. The song was recorded on April 3, 1967 at Olympic Sound Studios in London, England; the songs "May This Be Love" and "Highway Chile" were recorded on the same day. Described as a "psychedelic symphony", the recording combines backwards and forward recorded guitars and drums.
In the lyrics, Hendrix invites the listener to break through and go beyond "your measly little world", to go on a journey, "Trumpets and violins I can hear in the distance, / I think they're calling our names. / Maybe now you can't hear them, but you will, ha-ha, / If you just take hold of my hand", and pleads to answer "yes" to the question, "Have you ever been experienced?".
The song is the final track of the album Are You Experienced, except for the latest Experience Hendrix/MCA re-release where the first three singles have been added at the end. It has been covered by Devo for their 1984 album Shout and Patti Smith for her 2007 cover album Twelve.
- ^ "Are You Experienced?" at Allmusic
- ^ a b c Roby, Steven (2002). Black Gold: The Lost Archives of Jimi Hendrix. Watson-Guptill, p. 72 ISBN 082307854X
- ^ Bromell, Nicholas Knowles (2004). Tomorrow Never Knows: Rock and Psychedelics in the 1960s. University of Chicago Press, p. 108. ISBN 0226075532
- ^ a b Robertson, John & Dogget, Peter (2004). Jimi Hendrix: The Complete Guide to His Music. Omnibus Press, p. 13 ISBN 1844494241
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